partypoker is proud to announce that someone's diligent grinding has managed to hit their loyalty program's top tier the Diamond Club Elite, Giuseppe "JOJEPE" Calio, who made the $200,000 in rake in just 46 days!
About the Diamond Club Elite
Diamond Club Elite is the highest level of partypoker's VIP program. Introduced on February 1, 2019, this new exclusive VIP club is designed to reward the site's most loyal players with live event VIP packages, up to 60% cashback and more.
Any player that opts into the program and contributes at least $200,000 in rake over a twelve-month period across any poker game type will be eligible to join the exclusive club.
Full Diamond Club Elite members will earn themselves $16,000 VIP packages to the Caribbean Poker Party held annually in The Bahamas, along with entry into November's MILLIONS Online worth $10,300.
In addition, members can benefit from exclusive VIP service at partypoker LIVE events, as well as dedicated 24/7 support lines.
The "Diamond Club Elite" forms an extension of partypoker's main VIP program, "Diamond Club".
To enroll onto the original Diamond Club loyalty program and unlock up to 50% in cashback, players must commit to raking at least $100,000 over a set twelve-month period across any poker game type.
Members will benefit from their own dedicated partypoker account manager, plus the opportunity to attend hospitality sporting events.
Giuseppe "JOJEPE" Calio was born in America but has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina since he was 13 years old.
During a football pre-season, he discovered poker and became dedicated to it.
"Before dedicating to poker, I was a footballer. Some poker games were set up in our rooms and it quickly caught my attention. I started playing tournaments, I slowly climbed stakes until I reached high stakes. Today I am dedicated to SPINS Ultras at partypoker. I'm part of a bankroll and coaching stable known as CheckCheck."
Surprisingly, Calio did not aim to hit Diamond Club Elite, it just kind of happened as he got his grind on in the SPINS Ultra tournaments. As a professional poker player, Calio knows he has to log plenty of volume to negate the variance of poker.
"I wasn't exactly focused on the Diamond Club Elite, instead I focused on playing my best poker. By dedicating myself to a game where luck dominates in the short term, I must try to minimize this factor with a large volume of studying and playing. I've been fortunate to understand very early in my career that my salary is directly related to the phrase ‘dollars per game' which basically dictates that the more I play, the more I earn. The Diamond Club Elite has been a great reward for my effort!"
Up to 12 hours daily in the SPINS Ultra games
Being able to reach Diamond Club Elite status in just 46 days is not an easy feat and it took some serious dedication for Calio. Imagine playing a minimum of 8 hours up to 10-12 hours of playing SPINS Ultras each day - that was Calio's daily norm for that time span.
"My grind days are quite intense. The alarm sounded at 06:45, I prepared breakfast and was playing poker by 07:00. The idea was to work a minimum of eight hours a day, but there were days when I played for 10-12 hours when the leaderboards demanded it."
Playing up to 70 hours per week, Calio was able to do this by exercising and eating healthy.
"I hired a nutritionist to provide me with a food order that allows me to feel energized during grind days and to be able to withstand the long hours."
Despite the long hours in front of a computer screen, Calio has no plans to slow down, not even slightly. His parents raised him to become a person who loves what they do and to be happy in themselves. That is certainly working out for him - he's very happy right now.
"I found poker eight years ago and I am very happy with it. My plan is to continue to keep my foot on the gas and continue playing at this intensity. I want to be able to travel to participate in big events and grow our SPINS stable. If I continue with this happiness, I will not stop playing in the near future!"
Congratulations to Giuseppe "JOJEPE" Calio!